There are plenty of free things to do in Panama City, Florida.  Locals and visitors alike enjoy St. Andrew’s State Park boasting more than a mile of beautiful, white sand beaches with plenty of opportunities for recreation including swimming, hiking, and more.

Camp Helen State Park is another attractive and interesting state park in Panama City. This park encompasses 180 acres and offers swimming, hiking, fishing and other recreation activities.

Spend an afternoon visiting a few of the various art galleries in Panama City. Many of these galleries include paintings, drawings, sculptures, mixed media pieces and art created from unusual materials. Admission is typically free to many of these galleries.

Birdwatching is a peaceful, fascinating, and free activity. A wide variety of birds can be viewed in a multitude of locations throughout the Panama City area. The Choctawhatchee Bay, located near Santa Rosa Beach is a popular spot for bird watching, as is St. Andrew's State Park. This trail area is regularly visited by many species of birds.

Recreation can be enjoyed free of charge at any of the public parks throughout Panama City. Many activities can be carried out at Panama City public parks including baseball, softball, tennis, calisthenics, running, Frisbee, soccer, basketball and more. These parks are also great places to curl up with a good book and a snack.

Other free things to do in Panama City include exploring the downtown area and taking walking tours of different city neighborhoods to get a real sense of how the community lives.

There are also a number of fun and free events held in Panama City throughout the year.

Whatever you choose to do, just realize you don't always have to break out the wallet to have a memorable time in Panama City.  Get out there and have some fun!